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December 29, 2014 - January 04, 2014

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we roll into 2015, where we'll have plenty of things going on to mark the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary.

We'll start this week with music from 12/14/80 in Long Beach, CA, specifically the start of the second set, featuring Cold Rain And Snow > Samson And Delilah ; It Must Have Been The Roses ; Estimated Prophet. The master cassette cuts at the end of Estimated, hence the awkward cut.

Next up is the end of the first set from 5/2/81 in Philadelphia, where we have New Minglewood Blues ;Althea , Promised Land. There are plenty of things you can count on in the Grateful Dead world, and good shows at the Spectrum were some of the things you could most certainly count on.

Lastly this week, from the tail end of the 1980s, we have the end of the show from the Grateful Dead's final performance at the LA Forum on 12/10/89 featuring Space> The Wheel > I Need A Miracle > Stella Blue > Good Lovin, It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.

Have a great start to 2015, and we'll look forward to seeing you here every week for more music from the Tapers' Section.

David Lemieux


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Compare audience & soundboard recordings of Forum Dec 10 ’89

The latter half of second set at The Forum Dec 10 1989 makes striking comparison between the soundboard and the audience recordings—what sounds, in the soundboard (or sounded strongly to me at first, second, and now third listens here at Tapers’ Section), as “calamitously untogether” playing in “Need a Miracle” (eventually, by its middle), “Stella Blue,” and “Good Lovin’” has some partial explanation and mitigation from better hearing the audience’s part in the proceedings (via an audience recording posted on the Archive at

The band seems (humorously, by evidence clear in the soundboard) to’ve been taken aback (and Jerry maybe discombobulated some?) by the audience’s singing of “I need a miracle every day” in the most volumetric audience-back-at-ya song delivery I’ve ever heard in a Grateful Dead performance. And, in those three songs, the audience recording’s whole-hall sense of things smoothes out what otherwise, in the recording posted here, sounds like bad awkwardness and breakdowns in the band ensemble—especially in “Stella Blue,” in which the audience recording has it sounding not (or nearly not) untogether at all, due to the music’s occurring among the audience’s role in it. (And Bob does a fine job [if a little too overt] with lots of redeeming feedback.) Yet there is that remarkable blaring pinched twang that Jerry for some reason puts onto his playing in the verses—terrible! And even in the audience recording some real breakdown’s evident ~6:40 in to “Stella Blue.”

(And what's with Jerry's muted near-absence in first few minutes of "Good Lovin'"?)

—A good case for matrix of aud & sbd here, if releasing this show ever gets full-on consideration. One’s on the Archive now (using the aud recording referenced above):

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Well, I guess I can see why he hasn't responded to your requests!! No soup for you!!

DoDa Man

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Cold Rain & Snow

Thanks, Dave. Always been curious about those Long Beach shows!

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Happy New Year, DaL!

y'all be cool.

ignore the, uh, dissenting voice below.

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Happy Holidays

Thank you grateful prof! As for me, I grew up with the Dead and its all good to me!

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I think we can all agree....

Unless this is some inside joke I'm not in on...Byrd = Total Fucking Douche Bag

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HEY Now,


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hey Byrd

Whatever happened to asking nicely? BTW, what's the problem if they don't get released in the foreseeable future? They will likely be available eventually and in the meantime you can stream/download them freely. Certainly no reason to get salty and hurl insults, no? I ask respectfully.

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Happy Fuckin' New Year

It's now been three years since I last, but far from the first time asked the cat's burnin' ass to included a show from either Birmingham or Atlanta's Omni during the mid-70', but the shithead has yet to deliver...on purpose I might add.

Fuck yourself forever, LeMew. Eat shit and lick your ass too. If you can. And if you can't, then you've got fuckin' forever to sit there and die tryin'.



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